The new Ford C-SUV might share its platform with the new-generation Mahindra XUV500 (W601).
Ford Motor Company and Mahindra & Mahindra joined hands to expand their market reach and develop electric vehicles. Both carmakers will also share engines, vehicle architectures and connected car solutions. According to Autocar, the first product developed under Ford and Mahindra partnership will be rolled out by the end of next year (2020).
The American carmaker aims to expand its SUV lineup with a C-segment SUV that will be designed especially for the Indian market. This new Ford SUV might share its platform with the new-generation Mahindra XUV500 (codename – W601). Though, it will carry a new design language along with slightly modified architecture and new interior. In fact, it said to be “drive like a Ford”. Read – Ford To Launch More SUVs In India
Upfront, Ford’s new C-segment SUV is likely to feature the brand’s signature grille, slender high mounted headlamps and a large cowl. Design bits such as pronounced wheel arches, large and wide wheels, body cladding and LED lighting will add more to its new looks. Though, the windscreen, windows and doors are likely to share with new Mahindra W601.
Interior of the new Ford C-segment SUV will get a different dashboard design and instrument console. The cabin feel and appeal will be relatively more upmarket. Material quality will also be premium. The part-leather seats design will be different from the Mahindra W601. The report further suggests that the new Ford SUV could be offered with 6-seats and 7-seats layouts.
Ford’s new C-SUV and Mahindra W601 will share the touchscreen infotainment system that will be based on Ford’s Sync3 multimedia system. The new touchscreen display will be similar to the one offered on the entry-level EcoSport variant. Though, it will see several upgrades and have more advanced interface.
Mahindra is working on a new, state-of-the-art 2.0L diesel engine for its future SUVs. The same powertrain will be used in the new-generation XUV500 and Ford’s C-SUV. The new oil burner will meet the BS6 emission norms that will be enforced from April 1, 2020. Transmission will also be developed by Mahindra – i.e. a new 6-speed unit. An automatic gearbox will also be on offer.
Safety suite will include electronic stability program (ESP), traction control and hill descent control. Interestingly, the new Ford C-SUV will mainly be developed by the carmaker’s India Product Development team with inputs from Australia-based APACPD. Mechanism such as suspensions, steering and springs will be tuned by both teams. Though, most of the work will be done locally in India that will help the carmaker achieve competitive pricing. While the official name of the new Ford C-SUV is yet to be announced, reports suggest it might start with letter ‘E’.
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